BUFFALO – Tonight’s tilt will be lacking some star power and its two main attractions.
An upper-body injury will sideline Sabres captain Jack Eichel, who skated with his teammates again this morning, a third straight game.
“We’re just being cautious with that,” coach Phil Housley said after the Sabres prepared for the New Jersey Devils inside KeyBank Center.
Meanwhile, a lower-body ailment will shelve New Jersey winger Taylor Hall, the reigning Hart Trophy winner, a seventh straight contest.
The Sabres, however, could have winger Sam Reinhart, their third-leading scorer, tonight. Reinhart, who has been sick, skated this morning and will be a game-time decision, Housley said.
“I feel really good today,” Reinhart said. “I’m just going see how it goes today.”
Update: Reinhart is officially in, winger Remi Elie is out.
In other news, in a surprising move, the Sabres waived winger Scott Wilson today, according to reports. Wilson, 26, has been out since breaking his right ankle Sept. 30.
Wilson has been practicing with the Sabres since late last month.
Shortly before the waivers news broke, Housley said Wilson could play “maybe next week.”
“We’re looking at him just to get some games right now, so there’s going to be opportunity for him to play in the near future,” Housley said.
That, of course, could’ve been a hint Wilson would be playing in the AHL with the Rochester Americans.
When Housley was asked if Wilson could go on a rehab assignment, he did not rule it out and said that question would be answered later.
Wilson played 49 games after the Sabres acquired him from the Detroit Red Wings last season, compiling six goals and 14 points.
Sabres goalie Carter Hutton will start tonight. Winger Zemgus Girgensons will return after an upper-body injury sidelined him four games.
New Jersey, of course, is hardly a powerhouse. But since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Devils are 6-0-0 against the Sabres here and 10-1-1 overall.